Friends, family members and fans have expressed concern for the Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac incident following a brutal hit during Monday night’s NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
A spokesperson for the Bills noted that NFL medical staff administered CPR for 10 minutes and that Hamlin’s “heartbeat was restored on the field.” Damar remains in critical condition, sedated and on a ventilator at UC Medical Center.
On Tuesday evening, Damar’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, told CNN that medical staff had “flipped [Damar] over on his stomach” to help address “some damage to his lungs.”
Glenn added that, slowly but surely, his nephew’s health is “trending upwards in a positive way.”
Local sports reporter Josh Reed also spoke with Glenn on Tuesday and added:
“Just spoke with Damar Hamlin’s uncle. Damar was originally on 100% oxygen and is now down to 50%,” Reed said. “Says the family is hanging in there. He thanked Bills fans and Bengals fans and asked for continued prayers.”
On Thursday morning, Buffalo Bills and cornerback Kaiir Elam provided more encouraging news, reporting that Hamlin is now “awake and showing more signs of improvement.”
“Our boy is doing better,” Elam exclaimed. He is “awake and showing more signs of improvement. Thank you, God. Keep the prayers coming, please. All love 3!”
The Bills also provided an update early Thursday, noting that Hamlin, 24, has shown “remarkable improvement” and is “neurologically intact.”